President Donald Trump is said to have a private room in the White House with three big screen TV sets.
One of them may soon be showing a new TV series based on the book that Trump loves to hate, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House.”
Wolff has made what is being called “a seven-figure deal” to sell TV rights to the biggest best-seller of the new year and will be an executive producer on the series, which is just about to go out to networks for bids.
The rights were acquired by Endeavor Content, the financing and sales arm of sister companies William Morris Endeavor and IMG which was created this past October, according to an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter, where Wolff serves as a media business columnist.
In a seven-figure deal, Endeavor Content purchased the film and television rights to Fire and Fury. Now, the show needs a network. https://t.co/rHWihbJKbD
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This will add to the bonanza that Wolff is already reaping thanks to the blockbuster sales of the book which exposes the secrets and problems in the first year of the Trump White House.
Bloomberg reports that Wolff may have “already reaped $1 million from his controversial book about President Donald Trump and stands to earn $7.4 million or more” if copies already on the way to bookstores in the U.S. are sold as expected.
“In its first two days,” adds Bloomberg in a report on Time.com, “Wolff’s book, with a list price of $30 sold more than 29,000 copies, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks 85 percent of the U.S. market.”
“Retailers also sold 250,000 e-books, and 100,000 audiobooks, the publisher told the Associated Press,” continues Bloomberg, “They go for $14.99 and $27.99.”
The book is also a best-seller all over the world. Rights have been sold so far in 32 countries, according to The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s currently the best-selling book of any genre worldwide (A Spanish-language edition is set for Feb. 28, with subsequent takes in Arabic, Albanian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Japanese, French, German and other languages planned).”
Trump’s lawyers tried to block publication of the book on Jan. 4, but only succeeded in getting the publisher, Henry Holt, to move up release form Jan. 9 to Jan. 5.
All the publicity also helped supercharge interest in the book. The publisher went on to have 11 more printings of the hardcover book in its first week, at the end of which it was named number one on the New York Times bestseller list.
Wolff’s work isn’t only hot at bookstores and online.
“There has also been overwhelming demand for the book at libraries across the United States,” reports the Tampa Bay Times.
It is now on wait lists with hundreds of names in New York, Chicago, San Diego and many other cities.
“On Tuesday,” adds the Tampa Bay Times, the Pinellas County (Florida) Library Cooperative had one copy and 95 people on the waitlist; East Lake Community Libary had 14 copies and 370 holds, and the Hillsborough Country Libraries had no copies and 343 people on the waiting list for when it arrives.
A lot of those people can be expected to be watching when the TV series arrives whether it is on network TV, cable TV, pay TV or over a streaming service. That sale will likely add to Wolff’s financial bonanza even more.
Now the guessing game begins about who will be cast as Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Ivanka Trump, Jarred Kushner and the rest of the White House team surrounding the president. Add your guesses about who will play these real-life characters in the comments section of this story.
And don’t be surprised if Alec Baldwin is high on the list to play the president.